In a boost to India’s deterrence capabilities, the phase one of the ambitious Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme has been completed and a formal nod for the deployment of active missiles is expected soon, top sources told ThePrint.

Phase one of the programme will cover Delhi and Mumbai, and guard them against incoming ballistic missiles. “The phase one of the Ballistic Missile Defence programme has been completed. We have deployed two indigenous long-range radars as part of the programme. As and when we get an all-clear from the government, the specific missiles will be deployed,” a top source in the defence establishment told ThePrint. Continue reading


India will soon begin flight tests of its first 400 kg thrust class Small Turbofan Engine (STFE) as a power plant for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) targeted for subsonic applications. The state-funded Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) realised six prototype engines with 95% indigenous components last year.

The GTRE test was tested at Bengaluru in southern India as well as at Leh in northern-most India, according to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).”The GTRE tested the engine for max power setting at Bengaluru for 90 minutes continuous operation. During peak winter, the engine was tested at Leh at (-15 degree Celsius)”, DRDO’s statement read. Continue reading


India will soon have 12 more nuclear plants soon to improve the power situation and ensure there is a free flow of uninterrupted power supply for both industries and residential use, a statement issued on Monday here quoted Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), KN Vyas, as saying.

“Nuclear technology helps in betterment of lives through varied usages and is an irreplaceable source of clean, pollution-free energy,” the statement quoted Vyas, who is also the Atomic Energy Commission of India’s Chairman, as saying at the 11th International Forum AtomExpo 2019, sponsored by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, held in Sochi, Russia, recently. Continue reading


For years the US, Russia, Britain, France and China were the only powers that possessed the ability to project nuclear weapons power with submarines in the Indian Ocean region, but on on March 31, 2016, India joined the fray with its first nuclear-powered ballistic missile-carrying submarine, INS Arihant (SSBN 80), test-firing the K-4 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The INS Arihant is an indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine  capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads with a strike range of up to 3,500 kilometers, providing for an undersea nuclear deterrent or a second-strike capability. The submarine completed its first deterrence patrol on November 5, 2018, which led India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emphasize, “In an era such as this, a credible nuclear deterrent is the need of the hour. Today is historic because it marks the completing of the successful establishment of the nuclear triad. India’s nuclear triad will be an important pillar of global peace and stability.” Continue reading


Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi, brought out a monograph titled “The Incredible Journey of Indian AWACS” authored by K Ramchand, S Krishnasamy and BR Srikant. The monograph chronicles the enthusiasm and excitement of the relentless pursuit of development of an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System and is an inspiring narrative of scientists, engineers and men in uniform who battled against all odds to design and operate an Indian AEW&C System

Every Chapter of the monograph mirrors the innumerable hurdles, which were conquered with key personalities recounting their experience in employing unique skills to achieve the desired results ultimately resulting in India’s entry into the exclusive league of nations with a capability to design, develop, and fly an indigenous AEW&C System. Continue reading


India has, once again, decided to not participate in China’s second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) due on April 25, which is likely to be attended by around 40 heads of government. Not surprisingly, China has expressed its disappointment. Should this be seen as another symptom of the chronic differences the India-China bilateral relationship faces, or is this just a manifestation of China’s lack of understanding of India’s concerns? Was India’s 2018 Wuhan rendezvous with China a mistake? These questions have overshadowed India’s China policy debates lately.

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With an aim to alleviate the challenges of critically injured Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, India has presented 100 motorised wheelchairs to them, Defence Ministry statement said Monday.

Till date, the Indian Army has also trained 4,880 ANA personnel in various professional, educational and military training programs, including ANA doctors and medical technicians. Continue reading


The United States on Monday said it will stop in May all waivers that allow eight nations, including India, to buy Iranian oil without facing sanctions, triggering a rise in global crude prices and a slump in Indian markets. The decision, taken by US President Donald Trump to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, sent oil prices to their highest in 2019, though the White House said it was working with top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure the market is “adequately supplied”.

“President Donald J Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions [SREs – as the waivers are called] when they expire in early May,” the White House said in a statement. “This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.” Continue reading


A senior US diplomat is headed for New Delhi to hold discussions on a “free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region”, a phrase often used while dealing with China’s aggressive posture in the region.

The meeting comes ahead of Beijing’s second Belt and Road Forum, which India and the US are not attending. Principal deputy secretary of state Alice Wells, who heads the state department’s South and Central Asia section, “will meet with senior Indian government officials to discuss US-India cooperation in promoting a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region”, the US state department said in a statement Monday. Continue reading


A day before polls, stashes of cash were burnt after a truck ferrying currency notes mysteriously caught fire in Qazigund area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The driver and conductor jumped to safety but the truck suffered major damages.During the fire-fighting operation, bundles of burnt cash were recovered from the truck, besides other material. Both were seized by police.Police said the truck, on its way to Jammu from Srinagar, was carrying scrap and was being driven by Nazir Ahmad Rather along with conductor Inamul Haq. Continue reading


Defence Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi has lost his credibility after he expressed regret over his remarks on the Supreme Court’s order in the Rafale jet deal. The apex court had asked the Congress President to respond on his remarks made last week wherein had attributed his “Chowkidar chor hai” remarks to the top court. Gandhi on Monday accepted that the “court never said these words.”

Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman said the Congress had diluted its stand on national security after its leader P. Chidambaram sought to change India’s behaviour toward Pakistan to normalise ties. Continue reading


The year 2019 will go down as the most exciting year for the country’s Indigenous fighter jet program, since for the first time, Country showcased two brand new fighters which are under development for Indian Air Force and Indian Navy for the first time shifting focus from Tejas Mk1 and AMCA which have been two fighter programs under production and other under consideration for some years now. ADA showcased a Navy Mark-2 a Carrier based fighter jet and Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) for the Indian Air force.

Both Navy Mark-2 and MCF-Mk2 have emerged as a Fraternal Twins who have differences in appearance but since both were conceived by the same defense laboratory that’s Aeronautical Development Agency and continues to share same DNA of Tejas Mk1 fighter jets when it comes to external similarities, but similarities ends here, because both the programs will cater to different user requirements and will be based on mission specification and operational roles opposite of each other. Continue reading


Indian and the US Navies have held a joint submarine-hunting exercise in the Indian Ocean, aiming to lay the groundwork for coordinating maritime patrol and reconnaissance, according to the US Navy. Indian and the US’ P-8 anti-submarine aircraft, along with the USS Spruance, a guided-missile destroyer, participated in the anti-submarine warfare training on April 15, a US 7th Fleet press statement issued from Diego Garcia said.

The Indian P-8I Neptune aircraft from the Naval Air Squadron 312 based at Naval Station Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu, joined the US P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron VP-8 “Fighting Tigers”, based in Jacksonville, Florida, in the exercise, the statement said. “We look forward to developing useful lessons through this engagement and laying the groundwork for future integration efforts between our Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces,” the statement quoted Commander Zachary Stang, the commanding officer of the VP-8, as saying. Continue reading


L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, a joint venture between engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro and France’s MBDA, has urged the government to grant a provisional Letter of Approval (LoA) for the company’s proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) unit in Coimbatore to start construction of facilities.

L&T MBDA is awaiting an industrial licence, and export orders with “critical delivery timelines” were piling up, the company said. “The unit assured that the manufacturing operations will not start until the grant of industrial licence under the Arms Act 1959 by the Department for Promotion of Industrial and Internal Trade (DPIIT). Continue reading


Top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commanders have been eliminated in targeted action by India post the Pulwama terror attack, sources said on Monday.

Of the 66 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year, 27 belong to the Pakistan-based terror outfit out of which 19 were eliminated after the February 14 Pulwama attack, sources added. Within 45 days of the Pulwama attack, the entire JeM team involved in the attack neutralised through a combination of technical and human intelligence-based operations. This also includes arrest and deportation of Jaish cadre who were involved in the operation, sources mentioned. Continue reading